The first period was scoreless with both goalies working hard to keep the puck out of their space. But Branford got a jump on the second period with Zack Withington (10) making an unassisted goal at just :53. Amity fired shot after shot at the net, but Hornet goalie Justin Edwards deflected all of them. With just 2:01 remaining in the period, Withington scored again on an assist from Scott Klouda (21). Period 2 score 2-0 Branford.
When the third period came around it was do or die for both teams. Branford’s William Benni (24) scored on an assist from Michael Annunziata (18) at 5:37.
Amity quickly responded with an unassisted goal by Nick DeGennaro (5) at 6:24 and another at 7:39.
With the point spread narrowing, Branford fought back with an unassisted goal by Robert Lionetti (16) at 8:07.
After five minutes of back-and-forth, Amity scored again, when Charlie Csejka (7) slipped one by Edwards on an assist from Anthony Uscilla (16) at 13:26. [Score 4-3 Branford.]
With just :43 remaining in the game, Withington sealed Branford’s victory on an assist from Benni.
Branford outshot Amity 34-24.
Spartans Goalie Tyler Johnston (31) made some awesome stops.
Final Score 5-3 Branford.
Records: Amity 1-7; Branford 2-4-1
The Spartans are away for the next two games:
Cranston, RI on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. and at North Branford, Monday, Jan. 18 at 1:45 p.m.